Tuesday 21 February 2017

Davy Fitzgerald to step down as Clare boss in the next 48 hours - report

Published 20/09/2016 | 15:09

Davy Fitzgerald and Donal Óg Cusack were in charge of Clare this year. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Davy Fitzgerald and Donal Óg Cusack were in charge of Clare this year. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Davy Fitzgerald will step down as Clare hurling manager in the coming days, according to reports.

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The Irish Examiner is reporting that Fitzgerald asked the panel to meet and discuss the future of the team and that meeting is believed to have taken place last night.

Fitzgerald, who has been on holiday in the US since Friday, is expected to release a statement in the next day or two confirming his decision to vacate the position he has held since October, 2011.

The frontpage story of today's Clare People is running with a story which claims that some members of that panel "have indicated privately that they would like to see a change of manager for 2017".

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Fitzgerald has yet to make his intentions known and in a recent RTE radio documentary he revealed that he's unsure over his future.

“I honestly don’t know what I want to do,” he said after Clare's All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Galway.

“Last year I knew 100% what I wanted to do.

“I could stay with Clare, I could take a year out. I could see myself managing someone else because I love hurling so much and want to do something different and help someone different.

“I’m a bit confused at the moment."

The 45-year-old underwent a minor heart procedure on the week before the defeat to the Tribesmen.

Fitzgerald has led his native county to All-Ireland success in 2013 and victory in the National League this year.

Earlier this week, dual star Podge Collins stated that he will play just one code during 2017 but stopped short of revealing which he will choose.

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